Areas of Expertise
- Business Law
- Commercial Litigation
- Property & Finance
“Being open and transparent is central to establishing a successful working relationship with my clients and necessary to achieve a decisive result. For me, this has always been an essential element of the legal process.”
Clayton Long is widely acknowledged across the industry for his expertise in the area of Family Law. He also has substantial experience in Commercial Litigation and Employment Law. He is one of the Founders of Clinch Long Woodbridge (CLW) established more than 25 years ago. Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Market has ranked Clinch Long Woodbridge in the category of ‘Best law Firms of 2018’
Clayton has represented clients successfully in all aspects of family law, including complex property matters, parenting and abductions, pre-naps and other Binding Financial Agreements, de facto and same sex relationships.
Clayton has particular expertise in complex financial matters that involve considerable asset pools spanning multiple jurisdictions including property, businesses and trusts. Clayton has crafted BFA’s for some of Australia’s wealthiest families.
He is compassionate and personable to his clients, and strives to achieve a favourable outcome for each client without the need to go to court. He is communicative and careful in his approach.
Clayton appears in many reported decisions in family law as solicitor, establishing new law in family law trusts, inheritances and giving expert advice in other jurisdictions about Australian family law for international cases.
Clayton began his professional career as an Accounting Intern with Price Waterhouse Coopers in the 1980’s after completing his Commerce degree. After going on to graduate in Law, took up a role with Minter Ellison, working within their Taxation, Commercial Litigation and Insolvency divisions.
In 1991 he joined Potts Latimer Solicitors as a specialist Litigation lawyer and remained there until 1994, when he co-founded Clinch Neville Long, which has become Clinch Long Woodbridge.
Over the last 25 years, Clayton has successfully resolved thousands of Family Law cases, enabling 97% of parties to reach a legal resolution, without the need to conduct a court hearing.
Clayton holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law from the Australian National University and a Masters of Law from Sydney University. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1989.
Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Market has ranked Clinch Long Woodbridge in the category of ‘Best law Firms of 2018’